The UFC has officially declared its forthcoming event in The Windy City. UFC 238 occurs June 8 at United Center in Chicago, Illinois, along with the first three bouts for the card have already been shown, including the women’s flyweight title battle. My thoughts on the brand new spells — all women’s struggles — are under.
Valentina Shevchenko vs. Jessica Eye, UFC 238 UFC women’s flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko will create her first title defense when she chooses on Jessica Eye in UFC 238. Though not official, it is likely this bout will serve as the co-main occasion of the pay-per-view.
Shevchenko (16-3) is 5-2 at the UFC and won the empty flyweight title with a five-round unanimous decision win over Joanna Jedrzejczyk in her last outing. She is 2-0 as a flyweight in the UFC, and her just two losses in the Octagon came against dual champ Amanda Nunes. Eye (14-6, 1 NC) is currently 4-5, 1 NC total from the UFC and is 3-0 since moving down to the flyweight division. However, her wins at 125lbs were all very close decisions, and Shevchenko is a massive step up in competition from who Eye has been battling.
Start looking for the champ Shevchenko to start as a monster favorite here as she looks to receive her first name defense under her belt and begin to construct her legacy in the sport.
Katlyn Chookagian vs. Joanne Calderwood, UFC 238
Flyweight contenders Katlyn Chookagian and Joanne Calderwood are also set to match at UFC 238. When there’s an injury to someone in the main event, it’s possible either of these fighters could be called up to fight for the title.
Chookagian (11-2) is 4-2 overall in the UFC and many recently dropped a split decision to Eye in UFC 231. Calderwood (13-3) is 5-2 at the UFC and is coming from back-to-back wins over Ariane Lipski and Kalindra Faria since moving upward to flyweight.
Enrolling in weight appears like it had been the best decision of Calderwood’s career as she looks rejuvenated in her fresh weight class. Chookagian is a decent fighter, but she lacks the finishing capability that Calderwood has. The gambling line ought to be rather close, but I’d favor Calderwood here.
Tatiana Suarez vs. Nina Ansaroff, UFC 238
Leading women’s strawweight contenders Tatiana Suarez and Nina Ansaroff will square off UFC 238 using a potential title shot at stake.
Suarez (7-0) won The Ultimate Fighter 23 and is a perfect 4-0 at the UFC including a massive TKO win over Carla Esparza in her final outing that announced herself as a legitimate title contender at 115lbs. Ansaroff (10-5) is currently 4-2 in the UFC and is currently riding a four-fight win streak using a breakthrough decision win over Claudia Gadelha in her final struggle.
This is a tremendous matchup between two of the trendiest strawweights around the planet, and the winner should be next in line to resist the success of UFC 237’s Rose Namajunas vs. Jessica Andrade. Although I love what Ansaroff was doing recently, you simply need to go with the upside and take Suarez in this fight. Like she always seems to be, I anticipate Suarez to be a large favorite to win this fight.
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